Man sets his parents' California home on fire after using blowtorch to kill spiders

FRESNO, California -- Fire officials in California say a man who was house-sitting for his parents set the home on fire after he used a blowtorch to kill black widow spiders.

Thankfully, no one was injured in the fire, and firefighters say the man who initially called them made it out safely.

It happened Tuesday night at a home in the Woodward Lake housing development in North Fresno.

Fire crews say there was damage to the second-story of the home and the attic.

Nearly 30 firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire and were able to put it out quickly.

Although the exact cause has not been determined, fire crews believe the blowtorch is to blame.

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